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From Humble Beginnings to Honorees

From Humble Beginnings to Honorees

    From September 29, 2016 to October 2, 2016, Andrews University will host Homecoming 2016, an annual event reuniting Andrews University alumni and honoring five alumni with the Honored Alumni Award, the highest honor bestowed upon Andrews University alumni, recognizing those who have, according to the Office of Alumni Services, “demonstrated exceptional service to their communities, church or alma mater and represent professional excellence.”

This year’s honored alumni, courtesy of Director Andriy Kharkovyy of the Office of Alumni Services, are as follows: Gordon Bietz (BD ’68, DMin ’76), Jon L. Dybdahl (MA ’66, BD ’67), Benjamin Franklin Reaves (MA ’66, MDiv ’73), Lily Hok-Neo Wong (EdD ’76) and Yew Chong Wong (EdD ’76).

As to what the Honored Alumni Award recipients will receive, Kharkovyy said, “Honored alumni receive a special medallion from Andrews University denoting the honor bestowed on them. They are introduced to the Andrews community in the Homecoming program as well as at a special event on Thursday night of Homecoming weekend. They are also added to the list of Andrews University Honored Alumni List which is publicly available through a variety of mediums, including the FOCUS Magazine.”

The process choosing the Honored Alumni can be long and tedious, determining who meets all the standards to receive an Honored Alumni Award. The Office of Alumni Services starts its search for 2016 recipients in January, processing information of past alumni who may qualify for the prestigious award.
    Kharkovyy said a few of the qualifications for the Honored Alumni Award consist of “various aspects of their life, (such as) contribution to the community, academic achievements, etc.”

Once the Alumni Board of Directors has created a short list of possible recipients, the Alumni Board of Directors goes into further review of the selected individuals to determine whether they qualify for this honor. After careful review, these Honored Alumni Award recipients are selected, presented to the University during Homecoming Weekend and recorded in the books as Honored Alumni.

Kharkovyy said, “The first record of honored alumni we have is from the early 1950s, although the exact years are unclear. The Honored Alumni Medallion, as it is now, was designed in April 1978 by then-Professor of Art Alan Collins. Additionally, according to our records, the first Association ‘get-together’ was held on May 24, 1915.”

The Office of Alumni Services has made Homecoming 2016 and prior homecomings possible by creating a channel between former and current students during their time at Andrews University and after graduation. Kharkovyy has helped play a major role in connecting alumni with both other alumni and with current Andrews University students.

Kharkovyy said, “As an Alumni Director I serve as an Executive Director on the Alumni Board, therefore I facilitate the discussion and all of the internal work within our office from selection to notification of the honored alums. Additionally, the Office of Alumni Services takes care of the logistics to ensure that the honored alumni are able to attend on Homecoming weekend. Although the University does not pay for transportation to campus we do take care of these alums once they get here, including providing rooms as well as meals throughout their stay.”

Kharkovyy said, “Honored alumni are embedded into variety of events throughout the weekend, starting with the special banquet taking place Thursday night where these alumni are formally honored. Also there is a special place for them at the parade on Friday afternoon. Oftentimes, the Tambunan event that takes place at noon on Friday and is part of our student programming will include several honored alumni as well.”

That being said, the Andrews University community can look forward to joining the Office of Alumni Services in honoring the Honored Alumni Award recipients and participating in the various events planned for the upcoming 2016 Homecoming weekend. , the highest honor bestowed upon Andrews University alumni, recognizing those who have, according to the Office of Alumni Services, “demonstrated exceptional service to their communities, church or alma mater and represent professional excellence.”

This year’s honored alumni, courtesy of Director Andriy Kharkovyy of the Office of Alumni Services, are as follows: Gordon Bietz (BD ’68, DMin ’76), Jon L. Dybdahl (MA ’66, BD ’67), Benjamin Franklin Reaves (MA ’66, MDiv ’73), Lily Hok-Neo Wong (EdD ’76) and Yew Chong Wong (EdD ’76).

As to what the Honored Alumni Award recipients will receive, Kharkovyy said, “Honored alumni receive a special medallion from Andrews University denoting the honor bestowed on them. They are introduced to the Andrews community in the Homecoming program as well as at a special event on Thursday night of Homecoming weekend. They are also added to the list of Andrews University Honored Alumni List which is publicly available through a variety of mediums, including the FOCUS Magazine.”

The process choosing the Honored Alumni can be long and tedious, determining who meets all the standards to receive an Honored Alumni Award. The Office of Alumni Services starts its search for 2016 recipients in January, processing information of past alumni who may qualify for the prestigious award.

Kharkovyy said a few of the qualifications for the Honored Alumni Award consist of “various aspects of their life, (such as) contribution to the community, academic achievements, etc.”

Once the Alumni Board of Directors has created a short list of possible recipients, the Alumni Board of Directors goes into further review of the selected individuals to determine whether they qualify for this honor. After careful review, these Honored Alumni Award recipients are selected, presented to the University during Homecoming Weekend and recorded in the books as Honored Alumni.

Kharkovyy said, “The first record of honored alumni we have is from the early 1950s, although the exact years are unclear. The Honored Alumni Medallion, as it is now, was designed in April 1978 by then-Professor of Art Alan Collins. Additionally, according to our records, the first Association ‘get-together’ was held on May 24, 1915.”

The Office of Alumni Services has made Homecoming 2016 and prior homecomings possible by creating a channel between former and current students during their time at Andrews University and after graduation. Kharkovyy has helped play a major role in connecting alumni with both other alumni and with current Andrews University students.

Kharkovyy said, “As an Alumni Director I serve as an Executive Director on the Alumni Board, therefore I facilitate the discussion and all of the internal work within our office from selection to notification of the honored alums. Additionally, the Office of Alumni Services takes care of the logistics to ensure that the honored alumni are able to attend on Homecoming weekend. Although the University does not pay for transportation to campus we do take care of these alums once they get here, including providing rooms as well as meals throughout their stay.”

Kharkovyy said, “Honored alumni are embedded into variety of events throughout the weekend, starting with the special banquet taking place Thursday night where these alumni are formally honored. Also there is a special place for them at the parade on Friday afternoon. Oftentimes, the Tambunan event that takes place at noon on Friday and is part of our student programming will include several honored alumni as well.”

That being said, the Andrews University community can look forward to joining the Office of Alumni Services in honoring the Honored Alumni Award recipients and participating in the various events planned for the upcoming 2016 Homecoming weekend.

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